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Genius

Genius

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  • Premiered: 
    April 25, 2017
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  • Network: Nat Geo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the book (Einstein: His Life and Universe) by Walter Isaacson 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
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Plot Synopsis

Based on Walter Isaacson's book "Einstein: His Life and Universe" and executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, GENIUS is a one-hour series that takes Einstein's story beyond the laboratory to explore his struggles to be a good husband and father, and a man of principle during a period of global unrest. His daringly creative mind often landed him in trouble with his loved ones and peers, but also helped him to usher in groundbreaking discoveries that reshaped modern science. The series begins in Einstein's teenage years, when he opposes his father and drops out of school in Germany to go to university in Switzerland. His love of women and passion for theoretical physics blossom after he breaks the heart of his first love, Marie Winteler, to pursue his mysterious and elusive fellow physics student Mileva Maric. Their whirlwind romance puts them at odds with teachers and leads to an unexpected pregnancy, forcing both to set aside grand dreams and Einstein to take a mundane job as a patent clerk at the urging of his close friend Michele Besso. Striving in earnest to break into the scientific establishment, Einstein publishes five original papers in one year, catching the eye of many, including the scientist who will go on to become his fiercest adversary, Dr. Philipp Lenard. As World War I looms and his marriage begins to crumble, Einstein throws himself into an affair with his first cousin Elsa. Shifting global politics draw him into increasingly politicized scientific circles, causing friction with friends and fellow scientists like Fritz Haber and Max Planck. Taking a moral stand, Einstein refuses to support Germany's war effort. When war descends and borders are shut down, he is prevented from going to his sons in Switzerland when they need him most. Einstein's fortunes rise after the war when relativity is proved right. On the verge of becoming an overnight celebrity, Elsa demands he marry her to avoid the scandal such scrutiny will bring. Fighting with Mileva for a divorce, Einstein also has to contend with the roller coaster of fame. After a tense interview with consulate official Raymond Geist, he eventually escapes a rising tide of anti-Semitism and seeks sanctuary in the United States as an immigrant. Living and teaching in Princeton, New Jersey, Einstein continues to be besieged on all sides. His fractious relationship with his children and grandchildren weighs on him, he ends up in bed with Russian spy Margarita Konenkova and he must cope with J. Edgar Hoover's personal vendetta to bring him down. He also faces possibly his biggest challenge ever: the pressure to set aside his lifelong pacifism in the hopes of stopping Hitler's conquest of Europe. While his journey is far from easy, Einstein still manages to find hope and inspiration before his death, in the form of a young girl learning to understand the world. As Einstein famously said, "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." GENIUS debuted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on Nat Geo, with Howard directing the first episode.

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Production & Distribution

  • Produced by FOX 21
  • Produced by Imagine Television
  • Produced by OddLot Entertainment